Trump Blamed for Black Women's Obesity Oct 16, 2019 9:45:03 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Oct 16, 2019 9:45:03 GMT -5
Trump Blamed for Black Women’s Obesity
On a recent episode of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Black Women OWN the Conversation, Brittney Cooper (shown above in a 2015 photo taken during the Obama Administration), who teaches gender studies at Rutgers University, blamed President Trump for black women’s obesity.
Research shows black women lose weight more slowly than white women, and the Trump presidency may be exacerbating the situation, Cooper said, citing the policies of the Trump Administration. “We are living in the Trump era,” she continued, “and look, those policies kill our people. You can’t get access to good health care, good insurance. I hate when people talk about black women being obese. I hate it because it becomes a way to blame us for a set of conditions that we didn’t create. It’s literally that the racism that you’re experiencing and the struggle to make ends meet actually means the diet don’t [sic] work for you the same.”
In a separate interview, Cooper told CampusReform.org she was citing 1990s information from Dr. Arline Geronimus, a public health research professor at the University of Michigan. Geronimus “argues pretty convincingly that black women have physiological stress responses to racial stimuli and this affects our long-term health,” she added. “I was citing this body of work and the president’s status as a racially polarizing figure that contributes to issues of racial stress for people of color.”
In an interview earlier in the year with NPR affiliate WSIU-FM, Cooper claimed black people have a reputation for being late and, therefore, time itself is “owned” by white people.
Sources: Dom Calicchio, Fox News, October 16, 2019, and Pluralist, April 4, 2019.